We hear this word pretty often, but we don’t get much explanation on this part. Destiny is one of three initial virtues, so it’s pretty important for Matoran, and it’s pretty important for us when we try to look at greater picture. But what does this word even mean?
I have a headcanon on this part, but I actually think it can be assume that it is canon, at least the way Greg Farshtey understands it. But let’s remember quick what we know about Destiny.
It is a thing that toa have first of all, because they can’t even become toa if they’re not destined to and they can’t become then turaga until their toa destiny is complete. Other beings were mentioned to have Destinies, including even Tren Krom (though it was stated by Artakha, and we don’t know if he had any legit sources on that).
Destiny, as it was explained by Greg Farshtey many times in the year of 2009-2010 is a “destination”, something you must achieve, and it’s not important how you do that. We can’t know for sure if this understanding wasn’t formulated later on, or if it’s how story-team viewed it generally. But we have things like prophecies in 2001, 2003, 2004, 2008, which kinda could support the fact it’s something you just do no matter how.
So, without further ado, what is Destiny? Is it some kind of program in a being’s mind that makes it do a certain thing? And the fact Mata Nui robot is the one who knows destinies of MU inhabitants could support this, but later on Greg Farshtey said that organic species could also have Destinies, and he likes to think they do (which is a careful choosing of words on his part). They’re not programmed, so that would mean no.
What is another explanation, then? Well, here it is: it’s plain and simple future prediction. That is perfectly in line with “just destination” formula. It’s not really clear how it was done, but it seems Great Beings were predicting particular things they needed to happen. Example: they saw that the Matoran will need rescue, and that toa were saving them, so they made toa Metru and made sure they will have all they need to save the universe. It could be done on their part with some devices, as the Mask of Clairvoyance is already a thing, and the Mask of Time is their creation’s creation, so they have technology to make that happen.
Does it make story cheap now? Well, any concept of Destiny has the flaw of lowering the value of characters’ decisions. In case of future it’s as realistic as it gets, because we also can hypothetically time-travel and get to know our future, does that make your life choices irrelevant? The Destiny as destination can be achieved many ways, which can include losing or not losing things you didn’t want to lose. So, even if you know you will beat your enemies, it doesn’t exactly mean there’s no chance you won’t feel that good after that. There’s possibility that Great Beings didn’t bother predicting too many events, because that would explain how they let some things break like Red Star or Mata capsules and didn’t fix them. Which means characters still could have their bu**s not exactly covered from hardships.
Does this theory have flaws? Of course. First of all it’s Teridax. This guy postponed the arrival of GSR by 1000 years, and does it really look like everything was predicted? What could that exactly mean in the stream of this theory, somebody changed the future somehow that what Great Beings should’ve predicted didn’t happen? That would actually explain why the third robot that was meant for Mata Nui to migrate in (instead of prototype robot) was actually never made as Great Beings literally stopped waiting for the GSR to come.
Even more confusing is Teridax actually achieving his Destiny of reforming Spherus Magna. If Destiny is a future, than it should’ve not just happen as it is meant to happen, it should happen in specific time. But is 101000 years later the exact time you should expect? In this case the thing with beings just being programmed to unconsciously do something they need to is more proper.
Did I just debunk my theory? No, I still think it answers many questions. For example it answers how the liquid named energized protodermis knows “Destiny” and transforms things accordingly. Well, if it’s just the future predicted, then as easily as saying that somebody was “destined” to transform in protodermis you could say that sugar cube is destined to dissolve in water. It’s just the future.
What do you think about Destiny in general?